Poll: Life is hard but still tolerable in Ukraine

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Oct. 12, 2012, 6:53 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

According to Kyiv International Institute of Sociology, half of Ukrainians say life is hard but still tolerable.

Half of Ukrainians say life is hard but still tolerable, representatives of the Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the Kyiv International Institute of Sociology told a Friday press conference in Kyiv.

They held a nationwide poll from Sept. 18 through Oct. 4.

Some 50.5% of the respondents said that "life is hard but tolerable" was the best description of the current situation; 19.9% assessed their life as "not bad and satisfactory"; 33.5% said life was intolerable and 4.2% were hesitant.

Some 49.8% of the respondents called the Ukrainian political situation tense; 27.5% called it calm; 3.5% said it was favorable; 12.3% said it was critical and explosive; and 6.9% could not give an answer.

Some 48.4% of the respondents said the Verkhovna Rada election would change nothing; 28.8% hoped for an improvement; and 7.2% said they expected further exacerbation. Some 15.7% were hesitant.

A total of 2,043 respondents were polled in 111 towns and cities throughout Ukraine. The error is under 2.2%.

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